A visit to Elmhurst's Crescent Park neighborhood

Yesterday I visited two homes in the Crescent Park subdivision in Elmhurst with Tom Makinney and Maria Gracik of Koenig & Strey's Gracik Makinney Group. We were shooting sponsored videos, which will be live at YouTube within a few days.

The homes, at 350 E Ridge Ave, priced at $439,000, and 511 S Parkview Ave, priced at $1,299,000, illustrate the range of options in Crescent Park. The Ridge home will be open this Sunday, September 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Crescent Park neighborhood is bounded on the west by Poplar Ave, on the north by St Charles Rd, on the east by I-290 and on the south by the Illinois Prairie Path. A small triangular park, Crescent Park, is at the center of the neighborhood, which has gently curving streets lined with mature trees and a slightly sloping topography. Wild Meadows Park and Washington Park lie along the southern and eastern edges of the area.

According to the Elmhurst Historical Museum, Crescent Park was originally a 128-acre farm and was once platted as a cemetery before being sold to a developer who envisioned it as the "most exclusive residence district" in Chicago's western suburbs.

Today, says Tom Makinney, whose wife grew up in Crescent Park, it's "one of the top three subdivisions in Elmhurst." In the video we stand in Washington Park as Makinney outlines the reasons for his conclusion.

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